Golf Stars

Featured in Michigan Travel Ideas 2012, beginning on page 83.

Michigan consistently ranks among the nation’s best golf scenes thanks to more than 825 public courses, spectacular natural vistas, world-class layouts and gloriously long summer days. Preview these highly acclaimed courses, then make plans to tee off in the Great Lakes State.

For More Information, contact:

Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/338-7648 or 313/202-1800; 

Gaylord Area Convention & Tourism Bureau (800/345-8621 or 989/732-4000; 

Grayling Visitors Bureau (800/937-8837 or 989/348-4945; 

Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau (888/252-6746 or 517/487-0077;

Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau (800/666-0160 or 231/436-5664;

Manistee County Convention & Visitors Bureau (877/626-4783 or 231/398-9355;

Marquette Country Convention & Visitor Bureau (800/544-4321 or 906/228-7749;

Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau (800/845-2828 or 231/348-2755;

Tawas Bay Tourist & Convention Bureau (877/868-2927;

West Michigan Tourist Association (800/442-2084; 

Featured in the Article

Forest Dunes Golf Club (989/275-0700;

Bay Harbor Golf Club (231/439-4085;

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club (800/494-8666;

Marquette Golf Club (906/225-0721; 

Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands (800/462-6963; 

Red Hawk Golf Club (877/733-4295 or 989/362-0800;

The Golf Club at Harbor Shores (269/927-4653;

Eagle Eye Golf Club (517/641-4570;

The Jewel (906/847-3331;

Mountain Ridge at Crystal Mountain (800/968-7686;

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club (248/922-0300;

Cedar River at Shanty Creek Resort (800/678-4111;

More Things to Do

Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark
With 88,000 square feet to splash about, kids of all ages will enjoy this water park at Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls, complete with slides, wet climbing wall, lazy river and many other attractions (800/462-6963; 

Mackinac Bridge
The Mackinac Bridge, nicknamed “Mighty Mac,” connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas and is the western hemisphere’s longest suspension bridge. Its deck is 200 feet above water, and it can sway as much as 11 feet in either direction (906/643-7600;

Old AuSable Fly Shop
Some people think of fly-fishing as an expensive, elitist sport, but that doesn’t hold true in Grayling. Visitors can sign up for free Saturday casting clinics at Old AuSable Fly Shop. A four-hour guided instructional fishing trip with rental gear goes for $100 (989/348-3330; 

Petoskey State Park
Who needs Malibu? No one near Petoskey. The discreet sign tucked into the woods along State-119 is so subtle that the outdoorsy joys within might be easily overlooked. The 300-acre park features one of Michigan’s nicest beaches (231/347-2311).

Pond Hill Farm
It’s easy to spend an entire afternoon with the family at this Harbor Springs attraction. Kids will have a blast launching produce from the Squash Rocket. Adults can enjoy wine tastings and dining at The Garden Cafe (231/526-3276;  

Village Chocolatier
Indulge in hand-dipped chocolates made fresh daily at this East Tawas shop. Since 2002, Village Chocolatier has been a favorite year-round stop for tourists seeking the finest of confectionery specialties (888/362-7729 or 989/362-7728; 

More Places to Eat

Casa Calabria
Widely considered one of the best Italian and steak restaurants in Marquette County, Casa Calabria is a sure thing every time. It’s hard not to enjoy the can’t-miss food, reasonable prices, and laid-back yet elegant dining experience (906/228-5012; 

Chandler’s Restaurant
Don’t be fooled by the weathered wood exterior at this Petoskey establishment. Chandler’s is one of the finest restaurants in northern Michigan, serving creative dishes with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and a hint of Asian influence (231/347-2981;

Dawson and Stevens Classic 50’s Diner
This former Grayling pharmacy has been converted to a retro diner with an original soda fountain. A fun museum of Coca-Cola memorabilia lines one wall, and booths are upholstered in pink and sea foam green vinyl (989/348-2111; 

Mumbai Fine Indian Dining
Set in a street-front store near the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, Mumbai caters to a dinner crowd that appreciates the chance to slow down and enjoy a nice Indian dinner. The experience starts with the delivery of steaming hot hand towels, which sets the tone for a meal that feeds the senses (517/336-4150;

The Pink Pony
Pink’s the thing at this fun Mackinac Island restaurant and bar—from the pink-stained oak-top bar to the pink polo shirts on the servers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily and a late-night menu is in place until 2 a.m. Don’t miss the outside dining area containing a 25-person hot tub (906/847-3341; 

More Places to Stay
East Tawas Junction Bed & Breakfast
This quiet Victorian East Tawas inn provides the perfect couples or singles getaway for those who love the B&B experience. The white clapboard home includes six guest rooms that overlook the inn’s perfectly groomed grounds. Savor breakfast on the outdoor bay view deck (989/362-8006; 

Fuller’s North Branch Outing Club
Folks don’t come to this inn, a registered National Historic Site, for spa services or fancy bedding. They come to fish the same trout stream—and stay in the same rooms—that once drew Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Edison and the big auto men from Detroit up to the woods around Grayling, back when running water and electricity made the North Branch Outing Club seem positively plush (989/348-7951; 

Island House Hotel
Mackinac Island’s oldest hotel features Victorian-era architecture coupled with modern amenities. While the building has undergone numerous renovations since its construction in 1852, the gorgeous view of the harbor hasn’t changed—and that’s a good thing (800/626-6304;

Mission Point Resort
On the southeast end of Mackinac Island, Mission Point begins where the island’s main street ends. An eclectic mix of buildings covers 18 acres. A spa fills one floor of the Observation Tower with three treatment rooms and a salon that overlooks the Straits of Mackinac (800/833-7711 or 906/847-3312; 

Wild Goose Inn
Next to Michigan State University’s campus in East Lansing, Wild Goose Inn is a tidy Cape Cod-style cottage flanked by immense evergreen shrubs and wisteria. Each of the six suites features a seasonal theme, a whirlpool tub and separate shower area. Local artwork and Mission-style furniture adorn the common areas (517/333-3334;